The Business Process Management Initiative ( today announced the election results for its 2003 board of directors. Re-elected to a second term were Ismael Ghalimi of Intalio, Howard Smith of Computer Sciences Corporation, Jeanne Baker of Sterling Commerce, and J. Matthew Pryor of Versata. Newly elected directors include Sinisa Zimek of SAP, Georg Simon of IDS Scheer and Stephen White of SeeBeyond.

The election process was completed at the organization's annual general meeting in Costa Mesa, California. Board members will provide both business and technical leadership as the organization continues its work providing open, royalty-free standards for the management of business processes.

Following the election results, the board re-appointed Ismael Ghalimi of Intalio as its Chairman and Howard Smith of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as co-Chairman. " is poised to become the standards setter for the BPM industry, and I am honored to be part of its newly elected Board of Directors," noted Ismael Ghalimi. "As Chairman for the Initiative, my priorities for the year will be to extend the Initiative's value for its membership and foster the convergence of standards for business process management. Working with the other board members, who are all thought leaders for the industry, will make it all the more exciting."

Commenting on the broadening interest in the Initiative's work, co-chairman Howard Smith added, "Since its inception over two years ago, has been dedicated to making the methodology of BPM a technological reality by developing open, innovative, and robust specifications providing businesses the opportunity to leverage their existing IT infrastructure. The increase in the Board's size is a direct response to the Initiative's success to date, and our newly elected directors reflect the membership's commitment to furthering that progress in 2003."

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